Bemidji City Council to discuss economic development in work session

The Bemidji City Council will discuss economic development during their work session this evening.

The discussion, according to a memo from City Manager Nate Mathews, will review what work in this department has been done prior to the pandemic.

The city has historically given $30,000 of general property tax dollars to Greater Bemidji for economic development purposes.

In 2019, the city instead commenced its own application process that would allow other groups, such as the Northwest Indian Community Development or Headwaters Regional Development centers.

Bemidji briefly had a community development director, Steve Jones, who outlined ideas and initiatives for 2020.

The council may also explore creating an economic development levy, as allowable under state law, but no formal action is anticipated in tonight’s meeting.

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